01/28/2012 03:05 pm ET

Michele Bachmann, Ann Coulter Named As Witnesses In Tea Party Lawsuit

Former Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann has been named a witness for the defense in a lawsuit against Tea Party HD, a failed television network founded in 2010.

Ann Coulter and Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips were also named as witnesses for the multimillion-dollar federal lawsuit surrounding the failure of the network billed as the "world's first HD provider of news about the Tea Party," according to The Tennessean.

An initial $19 million lawsuit was filed in November against California businessman Anthony Loiacono by GOP fundraiser Bill Hemrick, along with a group of conservatives from Tennessee who claim Loiacono used the investments they made in the network for personal matters. Loiacono countersued for $1 million alleging defamation and abuse of process.

Bachmann is likely included thanks to her Tea Party HD-produced response to Obama's 2011 State of the Union address, The Hill reports. Bachmann also has direct ties to Hemrick, who served as the state finance chairman for her presidential campaign.